Food scarcity and insecurity issues continue
Last updated 5/26/2022 at 10:49am
CHENEY— With inflation growing and affecting all aspects of everyday life, food insecurity is asserting itself as a prevalent issue in the Cheney community and surrounding areas.
The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a “lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.”
In a study done by the University of Washington in March 2022, research showed that rural Ag communities in Washington State are at a higher risk for experiencing food insecurity than their urban counterparts and have a higher poverty rate. The data observed was collected in 2019, so what does that mean three years later?
Food insecurity rates sky-rocketed when COVID emerged in 2020.
The issue has since urged communities like Cheney to find ways to survive the obstacle of putting food on the table.
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